Huawei Threatened with US Sanctions over Business in Iran

Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei has been asked by United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) to end its operations in Iran.

The organisation set up by neo-cons in the US, claims that Huawei provides the Iranian government with cellular and electronic technology which is being used by Iran to monitor its citizens and track down human rights activists.

Ironically, the ultimatum comes as revelations about the use of covert suveillance equipment to track, intercept and block mobile phones by police in the UK as well as by US government agencies, have come to light.

Huawei has also been accused of partnering with Iranian companies that are working directly with Iran's military and intelligence divisions, which include the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, which is a special forces unit.

"Many telecommunications firms have left Iran not only because of Iran's dangerous and irresponsible behavior with respect to its nuclear weapons program and sponsorship of terrorism, but because of the ample and documented evidence of Iranian officials using the technology provided by the companies to conduct surveillance and track down human rights activists and dissidents," the UANI letter to Huawei said.

Iran insists that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.

"We have repeatedly announced that we are just after a peaceful use of the nuclear energy and we consider production or use of nuclear bombs as Haram (religiously banned)," Iranian foreign minister Akbar Salehi said in a conference on Iran-Europe relations on Monday.

The Iranians question the legitimacy of the US as "a supervisor of countries using peaceful nuclear technology" being "the only country that has ever used nuclear weapons still maintains a sizable arsenal of thousands of nuclear warheads."

The UANI said that it would welcome a decision by Huawei to end its operations in Iran. If not, then the "UANI and its supporters will push Huawei to be held accountable under U.S. sanctions law," the hawkish organisation threatened.

The Chinese company has been given until November 15th to reply to the UANI.